BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

18 June 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
Legacies - Millies and Doffers

BBC Homepage
 Legacies
 UK Index
 Millies and Doffers
Article
Video
 Audio
Listings
Your stories
 Archive
 Site Info
 BBC History
 Where I Live

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 
Work
milles going to work Clip Title: St.Patrick`s Day fun
© BBC 2004
Get Real Player
Non-embedded Player
Clips: Previous [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ] Next
Transcript

I remember on St. Patrick’s Day, our biggest thrill was having an emerald green blouse going into the mill. We’d been in this club for green blouses and achieved our point. And there was this spinner used to slag us, she was a protestant spinner and she was humorous , she took it in good heart, anything we said you know, but she was the one person we were eager to get to doff with all these green blouses on. So the minute her frame became free, we all walked up to Lily Forbe`s frame , you know , to show off the green blouses. And she clapped us all on the shoulder and said God bless you, it’s the highest colour in the Orange Lodge!

Such a day as St Patrick`s day was. We all wore black slips and green blouses and the whole place was in a muck the whole day because we were running to help the spinners, the doffers, the layers, the half of them was drunk and then the half of them had to be sent home.


Print this page
Archive
Look back into the past using the Legacies' archives. Find nearly 200 tales from around the country in our collection.

Read more >
Internet Links
Watch a reconstruction of the inside of a spinning mill
A New York linen business with Ulster roots
Find out about the modern linen trade
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Web sites.
Beds, Herts and Bucks
Stewartby, London Brick Company, 1940s
Related Stories
The Scottish Borders Textile Industry
More Factory tales in Victorian Lancashire
The Rowntrees Women of North Yorkshire




About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy